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Ludwig Nommensen

It Happened Today: Birth of Heroic Missionary Ludwig Nommensen (1834)

Nommensen took God at his word and promised that if he were made healthy again, he would become a missionary.

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Devotional (2016 church year): Ask Unselfish Things (1897)

Praying always for all saints , Ephesians 6:18.

One good counsel will suffice...

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Death in Washington, DC, of Harriet Eugenia Peck Buell, author of the hymn “A Child of the King.”

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Admission of Daniel Olubi as a priest in Nigeria’s Anglican Church. He had already shown himself an effective worker in the Anglican mission and will become even more influential as the years pass, establishing the gospel among his people.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Death of Mary Groves Müller, the faith-filled and godly wife of George Müller.

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Rusten, E. Michael and Sharon O. Rusten. One Year Christian History. Tyndale House, 2003.


Presbyterian minister Edward Norris Kirk arrives in Paris to establish its American Church. He was well-known in the United States as a preacher, revivalist, and author. Among those converted under his ministry was Dwight L. Moody.

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On a bitterly cold day, Adoniram Judson, Gordon Hall, Luther Rice, Samuel Newell, and Samuel Nott are ordained for foreign service at Salem, Massachusetts, the first foreign missionaries of the United States.

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Beaver, R. Pierce. Pioneers in Mission. Eerdman’s, 1966.


John Calvin preaches his last sermon. His mouth fills with blood and he has to leave the pulpit. He had been carried to church in a chair. Three months later he will die.

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Morgan, Robert J. On This Day. Nelson, 1997.


First auto-da-fé in Spain, a ritual of public penance of condemned heretics and apostates. Such events would often be accompanied by the execution of the “heretics.”

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Durant, Will and Ariel. The Reformation. The Story of Civilization.


(Probable date) Death of Photius, Patriarch of Constantinople, one of the most learned scholars of his day. He had been an enemy of Rome and excommnunicated Pope Nicholas I and his associates, one of the events that will lead to the schism between the eastern and western branches of the church.

Authority for the date:

Fortescue, Adrian. “Photius of Constantinople.” Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Appleton, 1911.